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Thirteen U.S. Air Force F-15s deploy to Keflavik in support of Icelandic Air Surveillance and training

Release Number: 090718

An F-15C takes-off

An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron takes off from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, in support of NATO’s Icelandic Air Surveillance mission July 30, 2018. Icelandic Air Surveillance promotes regional stability and security, while strengthening partner capabilities and fostering trust. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Malcolm Mayfield)


The U.S. Air Force deployed approximately 280 Airmen and 13 F-15C/D Eagles from the 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, England, to Keflavik Air Base, Iceland from July 30 to Aug. 23, 2018, to conduct an Air Surveillance mission in support of our NATO alliance commitments.

Four of the aircraft will be tasked to the IAS mission, and the additional nine aircraft will conduct training missions. In addition, the 31st Fighter Wing, 606th Air Control Squadron from Aviano Air Base, Italy, will send a command and control team to support the air policing mission and provide tactical control for the fighters. The United States has conducted this NATO mission in Iceland annually since 2008. This mission continues to demonstrate our commitment to NATO and the security of Europe.

Media interested in covering the exercise should contact 48th FW Public Affairs at least two weeks in advance to allow time for credentialing and coordination with the host nation. Point of contact is Capt. Elias Small, elias.small@us.af.mil or +44 (0) 1638-52-2151.